by Rick White

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Coping with the Rub of Reality (22 of 26)
Series: Truths That Transform
Rick White
2 Corinthians 11:16-33

Message Truth: The Christian life is not without problems. Living with authentic faith involves learning to respond to those problems with maturity.

Introduction: On a commuter flight from Portland, Maine to Boston, Henry Dempsey, the pilot, heard an unusual noise near the rear of the small aircraft. He turned the controls over to his co-pilot and went back to check it out.

As he reached the tail section, the plane hit an air pocket, and Dempsey was tossed against the rear door. He quickly discovered the source of the mysterious noise. The rear door had not been properly latched prior to takeoff, and it flew open. He was instantly sucked out of the jet.

The co-pilot, seeing the red light that indicated an open door, radioed the nearest airport, requesting permission to make an emergency landing. He reported that the pilot had fallen out of the plane, and he requested a helicopter search of that area of the ocean.

After the plane landed, they found Henry Dempsey-holding onto the outdoor ladder of the aircraft. Somehow he had caught the ladder, held on for ten minutes as the plane flew 200 mph at an altitude of 4,000 feet, and then, at landing, kept his head from hitting the runway, which was a mere twelve inches away. It took airport personnel several minutes to pry Dempsey's fingers from the ladder.

Things in life may be turbulent and sometimes you simply have to hold on.


1. Real life is not always fantastic.
There is so much need for balance in the Christian community today when it comes to facing up to life with maturity. There are really two extremes that are to be avoided. There are those who are so success syndrome focused, they hide behind the mask of a positive mental attitude, and seemingly deny the reality of evil around them. On the other hand, there are those who see nothing in ...

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